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Collier, Rulen Frank – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon

Rulen Frank Collier, 86, of Union, died March 24, 2005, at his home.

His funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union. Don Baxter will conduct the service. Interment will be at the Union Cemetery. Visitations will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande and on Wednesday at noon at the church prior to the service. All are invited to bring a dish and attend a potluck after the service at The Hut in Union.

Rulen Frank Collier was born Dec. 2, 1918, at St. Anthony, Idaho, to Frank and Ethel Thompson Collier. Rulen attended schools at Harper and later graduated with the class of 1937 at Star, Idaho. After high school, Rulen went to work for the Morrison Knutson Co. overseas during World War II. Rulen was captured and was a prisoner of war for 44 months. Upon his release, he was recognized as a veteran of foreign war with the U.S. Navy. He spent a short time in Guam before returning to the United States

In 1949 Rulen married Ruth Fisher. The couple raised two children. Ruth preceded him in death.

On Jan. 1, 1976, Rulen was married to Dennis “Denny” Allred at Union. Rulen spent most of his life as an owner and operator of numerous restaurants, including Stockman’s and the Nugget in Halfway, the Smoke Shop in Baker City, the Disco Bar in Mountain Home, Idaho, the Tropadara in La Grande and The Hut in Union. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and barbecues with his family and friends. He will always be remembered for his lifetime of hard work.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Jeff and Patty Collier of Union, Bethel and Bruce Moore of Chimacum, Wash., stepchildren and their spouses, Paul and Brenda Carman of Union, Sandy and Ron Droke of Union, Elvin and Carolyn Carman of Columbia Falls, Mont., and Rodney Carman of La Grande; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Denny Collier; two brothers, Bob and Bernie Collier; and a sister, Lola Neilson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850. To view the obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence on-line, visit,

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 1, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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